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Detroit auto show blunder, a 'totally lit' Toyota and the most powerful Mustang ever

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From the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicles of the Year to the "totally lit" Toyota Supra, here's a peek at the highlights. 

The big winners

a blue car parked in a parking lot: The Genesis G70 won the North American Car of the Year at the start of the North American International Auto Show media previews at Cobo Center in Detroit on Monday, January, 14, 2019.© Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press The Genesis G70 won the North American Car of the Year at the start of the North American International Auto Show media previews at Cobo Center in Detroit on Monday, January, 14, 2019.

The Detroit auto show kicked off Monday with the announcement of the 2019 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the year awards.

It was a big day for Hyundai.

The Car of the Year award went to Hyundai's luxury brand, Genesis G70; the Utility of the Year goes to Hyundai Kona; and Truck of the Year is the Ram 1500. Read more about all the vehicles — and browse photos — here.  

'Jaw dropping' Shelby GT 500

a blue car parked in a parking lot: The all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT 500 is seen during the 2019 North American International Auto Show held at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.© Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press The all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT 500 is seen during the 2019 North American International Auto Show held at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

It's Ford's most powerful production Mustang EVER

At 700-plus-horsepower, the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 debuted Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  Hundreds of reporters and industry onlookers jammed the Ford press event that was the first official vehicle unveiling of the show. The carmaker provided 750 virtual reality headsets so that they could experience the new Mustang Shelby GT500.

“I’m wowed by the Shelby GT500. It’s jaw-dropping,” said Mike Rey, president of the Mustang Owners Club of Southeast Michigan.

Get your GT500 photo fix:  2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

The biggest blunder

Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, Infiniti Motor Company, stands on stage and announces that the Infiniti QX Concept vehicle will not be coming out on stage at the moment due to a technical problem at its reveal at the 2019 North American International Auto Show during Media preview days on January 14, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.© Bill Pugliano, Getty Images Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, Infiniti Motor Company, stands on stage and announces that the Infiniti QX Concept vehicle will not be coming out on stage at the moment due to a technical problem at its reveal at the 2019 North American International Auto Show during Media preview days on January 14, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.

It just wasn't meant to be. Infiniti tried to unveil their QX Inspiration concept car, but as it turned out, the vehicle had technical difficulties and never made it to the stage. (We caught a glimpse of it in the hallway, though!) It was likely a bit embarrassing for the company. Here's how they responded on Twitter. 

Rep. Dingell on GM's layoffs

a group of people posing for the camera: Michigan Representatives Debbie Dingell, from right Andy Levin, and Elissa Slotkin talk to the media during a tour of the 2019 North American International Auto Show held at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.© Provided by Gannett Co., Inc. Michigan Representatives Debbie Dingell, from right Andy Levin, and Elissa Slotkin talk to the media during a tour of the 2019 North American International Auto Show held at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell has been outspoken in recent weeks about her former employer General Motors and its thousands of announced job cuts. But how did she approach the issue, when pressed by a swarm of reporters?  Here's what she had to say about GM's plan to move production of the Blazer to Mexico. 

It's 'totally lit' (Yes, he said that)

a red car parked on the side of a road: Toyota unveils the 2020 GR Supra during the 2019 North American International Auto Show held at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.© Provided by Gannett Co., Inc. Toyota unveils the 2020 GR Supra during the 2019 North American International Auto Show held at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

After years of will-they-or-won't-they speculation, Toyota finally made a decision about whether to revive its long-gone Supra sports car in the U.S.

And so the Toyota Supra is back in all of its growling glory about two decades after it was discontinued.

"This new Supra is not just fun to drive – it’s totally lit!" CEO Akio Toyoda said. Here's what to know about it. 

Photos:The 2020 Toyota Supra sports car revealed

Just SAY IT already

Man, Ford and Volkswagen sure know how to string us along. After weeks of speculation, the two automakers have plans to some details of their planned alliance, top officials with both companies said Monday. Here's what we know about it so far. 

Also read: With new Passat, Volkswagen shows it's sticking with sedans

Did you know?

The Detroit Free Press has its own YouTube channel! And we've been uploading the heck out of today's vehicle reveals. Check them out here.  

We'll be back at it again tomorrow, just as soon as Ford and Volkswagen dish on their big news!

Until then, 

The Detroit Free Press autos team

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